"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made to God. Phil. 4:6      

St. Paul says, "Have no anxiety about anything," We may be concerned for the needs of our life. We bear the burden of suffering humanity. But we do not worry about things we cannot change or understand. We give them to God in prayer.      

Paul gives a brief formula for our prayer. First, we wait upon God. We do not rush Him. We rely on Him, as a child trust in his father. Second, we ask for help. We are weak and need the strength of His love in Christ Jesus. We are not ashamed to ask for help, for He has promised to hear our prayers for the sake of Jesus. Third, we tell God in clear words what we need. We tell Him the petty problems and the tragic trials. We tell Him our sins and failures. Fourth, we pray with thanksgiving for the joy of past mercies through Christ. We also thank Him in advance for the blessings that come tomorrow.        

Christian friends, Prayer becomes the channel through which God's wisdom, strength, and patience flow. Using the leverage of prayer with our problems can help keep us from becoming victims of worry.    

O what peace we often forfeit,                                                                                              O what needles pain we bear,                                                                                             All because we do not carry                                                                                  Everything to God in prayer.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian.